Club News, March 21, 2015 |

Club News, March 21, 2015

Gold Country Italian American Club

We invite you to join us for good food and fun. We meet every third Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. To 3 p.m. at Alta Sierra Country Club. Are you a good cook? Do you have Grandmom’s recipe for the best spaghetti sauce ever? Then why not show it off and enter the Spaghetti Cook-Off on May 9? Who knows, you may make Grandmom proud and take that first place. For lunch information, call Kaven at 530-272-2660.

Gold Country Celtic Society

Please join our gathering Wednesday, March 25. Social hour begins at 6 followed by a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, entrée, or dessert for 8 to 10, your tableware, and beverage of your choice. Water, coffee, and tea are available.

After dinner we will learn how to trace our Celtic roots from Susan Rogers, a member of the Nevada County and Grass Valley Genealogical Societies. Please join us – you don’t have to be Celtic! Nevada City Veterans Building, 415 N. Pine Street. Information: 530-272-1316 or

Health Care for All – CA (The Nevada County Chapter)

We will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 21 at Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, 671 Maltman Dr., Grass Valley. If you want to learn about bringing universal, single-payer health care to all Californians (Improved Medicare for All), come join us. Come hear what other exciting things we’re working on, like a celebration for Medicare’s 50th birthday and a lobbying day in Sacramento. For more information call Bob at 530-274-3989 or email

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

The next meeting of Pine Tree Quilt Guild will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 at Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley. Featured speaker Kevin Kosbab will share his expertise and wry sense of humor in a lecture titled “Applique Isn’t a Four Letter Word.” His goal is to take the fear factor out of appliquéing. Kosbab is a professional quilter and sewing pattern designer as well as a craft and design writer and editor. His patterns have appeared in many quilting magazines and he authored a book called “The Quilter’s Applique Workshop.”

Guild members are busy with final preparations for the 31st Annual “Springtime in the Pines” Quilt Show scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend Nevada County’s largest quilt show! For more information, see the website at

Nevada County Democratic Women’s Club

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. on April 4 for our brunch meeting at Margarita’s at 988 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. Cost is $13 for members and guests. Our speaker will be the Executive Director of DVSAC of Nevada County, Gayle Guest-Brown, as we continue to honor Women’s History Month. Please RSVP by March 31, Tuesday to Carole at 530-205- 9666 or email Please inform Carole if you find you must cancel.

Gold Country Community Services

Lively, upbeat – and great fun – that’s Carol Meals, our Friendship Wednesday singer/ukulele player.

Next Wednesday is our March birthday celebration with a beautiful cake, thanks to Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital.

Next week our Gold Country Senior Cafe will feature meat loaf, beef Bourguignon, hot turkey sandwich, cheese ravioli with meat sauce, and lemon pepper fish. Lunch is served promptly at noon by our friendly volunteers. The suggested donation is just $3 for seniors 60+. Reservations and early arrival are highly recommended, especially on Wednesdays when we have entertainment, door prizes, and extra fun!

We’re located in the Nevada City Senior Apartments, 841 Old Tunnel Rd., G.V. For reservations, information about our many vital services, stimulating activities, classes, and interesting volunteer opportunities, phone 530-273-4961. Reception is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, visit

Mother Lode Toastmasters

We continue to grow. This Monday night we inducted Patty Smith our second new member this month. Our first speaker of the evening was Lynne Ogren. In her Icebreaker speech, Lynne talked about the tapestry of her life and all of the experiences that have woven together to make her who she is today.

Emma Santa was our Table Topics master and asked everyone to describe “Home Sweet Home” and why their random location was the best place to live (Grass Valley was not one of the options – otherwise we know that would have had a rousing review!).

Winners of the evenings contests were: Best speaker, Lynne Ogren; Best Evaluator, Bill Drake and Best Table Topics, Patty Smith.

If you are interested in learning more about Toastmasters, please come to one of our meetings. We meet at 625 Eskaton Circle downstairs in the 49er room on Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. For more information contact Emma Santa at 530-913-0819 or visit

Stop Smart Meters of Nevada County

We are starting a free informal self-help support group for people who are suffering from health and/or mental health problems due to EMF sensitivity from Smart Meters or other forms of wireless technology. The meetings will be held every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Call Rob or Makayla at 530-477-5522 in Grass Valley for location and directions.

Stop Smart Meters will continue to have weekly meetings every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. to continue working toward banning Smart Meters from Nevada County.

We invite you to come and speak against Smart Meters with us at the first of two monthly Nevada City Council meetings every month during the non-agenda public comment period. The council usually allows each speaker three minutes to speak about their concerns relevant to the city. These meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Our group is planning to go before the Nevada City council on each second Wednesday until further notice. The next meeting we will be attending is on April 8. You can now see us on Facebook too. Thanks for your interest. For more information, email

Early RisersToastmasters

We have changed the lives of our members by providing a guided and supportive environment. Guests are welcome, and meetings are open to all. Guests and members are afforded the opportunity to speak briefly at meetings. Members volunteer to participate in various structured rotating leadership roles. This allows members to achieve personal and professional public communication goals at their preferred pace. Leadership training is also an important part of Toastmaster’s philosophy. Every meeting includes three scheduled speeches, presented by Toastmaster club members. Evaluators provide positive feedback as well as an opportunity for improvement through encouraging suggestions. For more information call 530-273-9777. The March 17 meeting recognized individual Toastmasters by providing the following commendations for participation: Best Speech, Josh Bostic; Best Evaluator, Judy Nichols; Best Table Topics, Teri Alton.

Sierra Wine and Grape Growers Association (SWGGA)

Our club meets monthly on the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., usually at Ponderosa Hall (Gate 2) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. If you are interested in growing grapes, making wine, wine tasting or learning about wine in general, please join us for cheese and crackers at our monthly meetings and bring a bottle of your favorite wine for all to taste. You do not have to be a grower or winemaker to join our group! We have fascinating speakers at our meetings discussing subjects like vineyard management, winemaking or critiquing wine. We have a summer picnic, a holiday party every year and fund an educational scholarship to a local student. For more information about SWGGA, visit

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

Volunteers are needed at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. To become a volunteer, one must join the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary will be holding interviews on April 1, 2015, however, an application for membership must be submitted and returned to the Membership Chair, Patty Kuehhirt beforehand. Applications can be picked up at the hospital main lobby, outpatient lobby or on line at — scroll down to Who We Are and click on Volunteer Services. Call Patty at 530-272-8136 for additional information.

All prospective volunteers are interviewed and then they must attend an Auxiliary and a hospital orientation which helps them understand the organization goals, structures, department functions and Auxiliary responsibilities. Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks and work in several departments. The main lobby reception desk, emergency department, gift shop and the diagnostic imaging center all have openings for volunteers. To main membership in the Auxiliary, a volunteer must service a minimum of 50 hours per year.

Sons In Retirement, Branch 55, Grass Valley/Nevada City

The initial launch of Sons In Retirement, Branch 55, Grass Valley/Nevada City to become an active vibrant men’s fraternal organization is half way to becoming a success. We need 25 to 50 men to show enough interest to get this new branch started. With just 15 to 20 more we will hold an organizations meeting. We invite retired or semi-retired men who want to join an organization based on building friendships, camaraderie, and activities from golf to Bocce Ball; If you want we will create the activity of your choice. Whether it’s wine tasting in the Sierra or hiking in the beauty of Nevada County, our new Branch can meet your life-style. Remember, no politics or religion just friendship based around a monthly lunch and frequent activities, with very minimal fees, totally based on your wishes. SIR is a 16,000 member, 60 year old men’s organization with many activities some of which include your partner in life and will provide you with Friendships for Life; get involved now by contacting Don Dill, Vice President 530-885-6943, or Visit to view our website.


We are currently working on two upcoming events. The first will be “Keeping Kids Safe Festival,” on May 9 at the Safety Training Center at the Nevada County Sierra College Campus. A free program to introduce families to our First Responders and other Health Services. The second is the “Great Ball Race” in conjunction with the Soap Box Derby on June 13 at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Children’s Projects and the Pioneer Park Playground. Tickets are $5for one, five for $20 and can be requested by e-mail at

Gold Country Kiwanis meets every Thursday at noon at Kane’s on East Main Street, Grass Valley. Guests are welcome.

American Legion Auxiliary

Frank Gallino Unit 130

The activities of Frank Gallino Unit 130 continue as they have since 1928. Americanism Essays are due to Chairman Suellen Warner the last Friday in March, three Girls State Delegates and alternates have been selected by Chairman Janet Hessel and committee to attend the California Girls State in June, Poppies have been ordered and will be presented in May, over 20 boxes are packed and mailed to local service personnel overseas with the aid of Friends of the Military.

In order to support these many activities, committees are now preparing for the annual fundraiser. On Saturday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. guests will be gathering to enjoy “A Vintage Fashion Show and Luncheon.” “Fashion Memories – Vintage Fashions” will model clothes from 1840 to the present. Twelve models will present 36 fashions while the commentator will educate and entertain. The auditorium will become a vintage location through the artistic talent of Linda Watson and her committee. A raffle will feature a handmade quilt, attractive theme baskets, and miscellaneous gifts. A no host wine bar will also be available.

“Put on your new Easter bonnet” and join us for a delicious lunch and entertaining fashion show.

Tickets are available from Janet Hessel at 530-432-4025 and Julie Slater at 916-735-5199. Cost of tickets is $25 and $10 for children under 12.

Nevada County Middle East Discussion Group,

This newly-formed group, is open to all individuals with an interest in exploring the ever changing, political, social, and historical components of the “Middle East.” We meet in the community room of the Nevada County Superintendent of School Building, 112 Nevada City Highway in Nevada City. For more information please email Izzi Tooinsky at or call 530-210-5387.

Gold Country Stamp Club

Is Grandpa’s old stamp collection in the attic gathering dust? Bring it in and we will help you sort the trash from the treasure, the gems from the junk, the extra-ordinary from the … well you get the idea. If you are considering selling these family treasures, for say some new transportation, we could help you decide if you’ll be browsing for a Beamer or haggling over pre-owned sneakers. On the other hand, maybe you would rather pick up where Grandpa left off and fill in some of those blank spaces. We can help with that too! We’re Gold Country Stamp Club and we meet the first and third Thursdays of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. So hitch a ride on down to the dining room of the Nevada City Senior Apartments at 841 Old Tunnel Road in Grass Valley. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 530-477-0108.

Newcomers Club of Nevada County

Are you an armchair traveler? Or, are you looking for ideas for your next travel adventure? Then mark your calendar for March 25 and plan to attend the March luncheon of the Newcomers Club of Nevada County. Judi and Dr. Larry Fenson will share some of the more unusual cultures they have encountered during their extensive international travels. Their interesting and exciting stories are accompanied by Judi’s award winning photography and videos.

The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. on March 25 at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Please arrive after 11 a.m. to allow for setup. Cost is $18 per person. Reservations are required. Non-members are welcome to attend, space permitting.

The Newcomers Club of Nevada County was founded almost 70 years ago. While the name implies that our club is for newcomers, it goes beyond that and opens its doors to all ladies of Nevada County, no matter how long they have lived there. Monthly luncheons provide a time for all members and guests to get together and enjoy a delicious lunch and delightful, educational, and informative entertainment. A wide variety of Activity Groups provide entertainment and education on a smaller scale. For information on the club and on the luncheon, call 530-478-1114 or 530-470-9191. Or, visit our website at

The Leo Club

Since the club’s organization this January (Sponsored by the Colfax and Meadow Vista Lions Club) its members have volunteered at the Meadow Vista Lions Club Annual Crab Feed on 2/7 and held a bake sale. The club’s next endeavor is to assist the Meadow Vista Lions with their Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Placer Hills School on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

The Colfax High School Leo Club has 19 members and meets on Wednesdays during lunchtime in room 402. Christian Kinsey, Adam Dieter and Barb Webb are the Leo Club advisors. Students aged 14-18 who would like more information about the Colfax High School Leo Club can contact Christian Kinsey at 530-346-2284 extension 2804.

Lions Clubs sponsor more than 5,700 Leo Clubs in 140 countries. While helping others in their community, Leo’s develop leadership skills and experience teamwork in action. For more information about the Leo Club Program, visit the Leo Zone section of the Lions Web site at

Please contact Barb Webb at or 916-955-6594 if you would like more information about this event.

Blue Star Mothers of America

Sierra Nevada California Chapter 12 of the Blue Star Mothers of America meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at Paulette’s Country Kitchen in Grass Valley. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and meeting begins at 10 a.m. If you are a mother, adoptive mother, stepmother, foster mother, grandmother or legal guardian who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, we invite you to join us. To learn more, please visit

Duplicate Bridge Club

We meet at the Golden Empire Grange on La Barr Meadows. The weekly schedule is as follows: Monday: 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.; Thursday: 1 p.m. (this game is at Eskaton) and Friday: 12:30 p.m. We also offer bridge instruction every Thursday from 9-12. The classes are ongoing. The contact person there is Bill Jones. Email him, or call 530- 457-7841. Call Bruce Lester at 530-477-9586 for information or if you’re in need of a partner. Bridge classes and mentoring— a small fee is charged to cover the Grange rental. We are seeking intermediate/brush-up players who want to improve their game as well as stimulate the mind. We have advanced players monitoring the bidding and play at every table. We analyze every hand, bidding and play. You will learn the duplicate game to the point where you can join enjoyably play at our club. Our goal is to generate new members for our very friendly duplicate bridge club.

Nevada County Republican Women Federated (NCRWF)

Regular NCRWF meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month September through June. For any questions or to make a reservation call (530) 274-0803. Information about membership can be answered by calling 530-478-0636 and for more information about NCRWF email us at or visit the website at

California Retired Teachers Association

CalRTA is a statewide organization whose prime purpose is to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators and to support public education. The division meets five times a year with a luncheon and a featured speaker or program relative to STRS members. For membership information contact Carol Siver at 530-272-4132.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

We offer two free meetings in Grass Valley, one at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Nevada County Contractors Assoc., 149 Crown Point Court and 8 a.m. on Saturdays at Salvation Army Chapel, 10725 Alta St. Meetings are also held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way, Room 117 in Auburn. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia.

For more information call 530-470-0473 or visit

Sons In Retirement (SIR), Lake Wildwood

SIRS is a nonprofit organization for retired men devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity of retirement. The SIR Branch 11’s luncheon meetings are on the first Thursdays of the month at the Lake Wildwood Club House. Social hour starts at 11 a.m. and the luncheon meeting begins at noon followed by a guest speaker or entertainment. Lady guests are invited to our May and December meetings. Members do not have to live in Lake Wildwood. Go to our website at to learn more about us. To inquire about becoming a member, please e-mail us at

Nevada County Online (NCO)

Learn about Social Media Marketing at the Nevada County Online (NCO) monthly Meetup held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. NCO is the largest business Meetup group in Nevada County with 372 members. The website is: NCO is for online beginners and experts and everyone in between. All Meetups are open to the public. A $5 donation is requested. RSVP online at Please park down the hill and not in the library parking lot.

The Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center Auxiliary

There are many activities for Auxiliary members to take part in: church services, both Catholic and Protestant, ceramics, Pamper Parlor, visitations, and assisting the activities director with parties and special events. Anyone interesting in getting information about the Auxiliary can call membership chairman Barbara Ford at 530-273-6084 or president Iona Terry at 530-477-5405. Both men and women are welcome to join the Auxiliary.

Gold Country Miniature Society

Our club enjoys making doll houses and doll house accessories. We build miniatures in all scales and have a variety of interesting projects throughout the year. We meet at 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. There are, also, three other miniature clubs in the area which get together on different days. If you are interested in this fun hobby, email Barbara at or Pat at

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet. It can be very painful and can also affect other areas of the body. For more information on the next meeting, call 530-268-1017.

High Sierra Corvette Club

If you are interested in Corvette runs, social events, food, laughter, racing events, and all around car club fun, then High Sierra Corvette Club has something to offer you. Our club meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday at Apple Alley Cafe, located at the Brunswick “Y” on Colfax Highway. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Arrive early for social hour or if you want to eat before the meeting. All Corvette enthusiasts are invited to attend our meetings and see what we are all about! For more information, please visit or call Jay Jacobsen at 530-477-5003.

Retired Public Employees Association

The RPEA is a statewide, nonprofit association of retirees who are members of CALPERS, which includes current or retired employees of public and state agencies and classified schools. RPEA members and potential members are welcome to attend monthly lunch and business meetings with programs of interest to our members of the Nevada County Chapter of RPEA. We meet the second Monday of each month, at noon, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Call Carol Kendrick at 530-265-2326 or Mary Ann Trygg at 530-273-2488 or email one week in advance of the meeting in order to confirm attendance and to make a lunch reservation. Retired public employees please stop by and see what we do!

The Craft Guild of Nevada County

We are open to all artisans interested in sharing their craft with others and selling handmade items locally. To learn more about what the crafters and artisans are doing check out the Guild Blog at craftguildnevadacounty blog The Guild is a nonprofit and donates to local charitable groups in our area.

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at the Superintendent of Schools Office, 112 Nevada City Highway, Nevada City, Houser Conference Room. You can also check out our web site at

Nevada County Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Nevada-Placer Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is devoted to creating an

America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, at place of worship, and in our communities. We work to educate families about gun violence prevention and to help create and support public policy, legislation and regulations for sensible gun laws at the state and national levels. We seek to reduce firearm injury and death by keeping weapons out of dangerous hands. Contact for more information.

Nevada County Healing Through Grief support group

Anyone who has experienced a significant emotional loss, whether current or from the past, is welcome. There is no cost to participate. For information, visit

Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss

An ongoing support group, “Families and Friends of People with Memory Loss,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Eskaton Village. The group is facilitated by Barbara Larsen, the creator and author of Movement with Meaning. Larson has been working in the field of dementia care for 30 years and is the chair and founding member of the Elder-Care Providers’ Coalition of Nevada County.

Meetings include tips on how to communicate effectively with a loved one or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Information on local resources is also available.

A workshop on “Preventing Alzheimer’s” will be presented by Larson in late February, for more information, contact Larson at 530-478-1735.

Gather the Women of Nevada County

We are a global sisterhood that connects women through circles. We create safe spaces to share our true selves. Meeting in circles, we find our voices, claim our power, and celebrate self worth, leading to personal and planetary transformation. Some examples of our circles are drumming, organic culinary arts and feasting, practical well-being, women studies book circle and looking within for personal and spiritual growth. For more information, visit or call Marceline at 530-615-4018.

Nevada City Inner Wheel are spouses and friends of Rotary.

This organization is a group of community minded women helping and supporting, as we can, KARE Crisis Nursery, Women of Worth, Domestic Violence and Salvation Army. IWUSA is the largest women’s service organization in the world and was first established in 1924. In 1987 clubs in the US began to form. IWUSA has a wonderful Foundation which supplies upper myoelectric limbs to needy children from birth to 18 years of age. KARE Crisis Nursery is getting ready to set up their Christmas store in Grass Valley. They do this every year so needy children can shop for their family members. The gifts are donated and the children pay 25 cents for each one. Our club members help the children shop, wrap and tag gifts and many bake cookies for the refreshment room where the parent waits while the children shop. These children are all 10 and under. We all really enjoy working with the children and it is so rewarding. Watch for the Aloha Casino Night in the spring, one of several fund raisers KARE Crisis Nursery puts on through the year. Our club meets once a month at Bistro 221 in Nevada City for our meeting and lunch. If you have any questions about our club please call Carole Johnson at 530-265-6989.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Nevada County Branch

AAUW membership is open to individuals with an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a qualified educational institution. For individuals interested in participating in branch interest groups and other activities, but who have not had the opportunity to complete a degree, the Nevada County Branch offers “Friends of AAUW” membership. For more information about AAUW in Nevada County and/or becoming a member or “Friend of AAUW,” go to

Widowed Persons Association

Come join our group and start a new life with new friends. For more information please call Eileen at 530-272-2487 or Ken at 530-432-1779.

The Nevada County Genealogical Society’s Study Group

Our meetings are open to the public, free of charge. For more information contact: Donna Dugle Young at or 530-477-0192.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Our group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the activity room on the second floor of the main building at Atria Senior Living Center (previously Quail Ridge), 150 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Come share experiences and information with others who have Parkinson’s. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy at 530-272-7950 or Pete at 530-273-4804.

The Sierra Express Bicycle Club

We offer rides for all levels of riders. Every week there are several rides that you can join. The motto on all led club rides is “No Rider Left Behind.” The benefit of being a club member is that you get regular notices about rides. Or, you can post your own ride on the club’s list-serv. Go to to join. If you’re new to the area and wonder where it’s reasonably safe to ride, being a member of this friendly group of bicyclists will get you started.

American Chronic Pain Association

We meet monthly to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families. The group hosts knowledgeable speakers on a regular basis who give helpful information on ways to live more fully in spite of pain. Group members also share experiences as well as support and encourage one another.

The American Chronic Pain Association meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. For room location and other information, contact Jeanne Spring at 530-432-0247.

Grandmothers for Peace

We meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the corners of Church and Walsh Streets, Grass Valley (please enter through the door on Walsh St.). Join us as we plan activities and projects to focus awareness on creating a world of peace for this and future generations. You don’t have to be a biological grandmother. For information, call Shirley at 530-265-5545 or e-mail

Hope Bearers

We are available to provide Christ-centered support for all who are faced with the challenges of cancer or other chronic illness. Whether you are a patient, spouse, family member, friend or caregiver — you don’t have to go it alone. Our hope is in God and we are here for you. We offer prayer, fellowship, love and encouragement to keep our faith strong in the midst of perhaps the most difficult circumstances of our lives. We are available for confidential ‘one on one’ or group meetings as needed by request. If you have questions or need prayer, feel free to contact Sally Landsburg at 530-273-1468. For more information and to RSVP please contact Erica McGee at 530-559-4517 or email

Gold Country Welcome Club

Our club has something for everyone — literally! If you’re looking to find people with similar interests, check out this active bunch. There’s a group that plays poker. Don’t like poker? How about pinochle, or bunco, bridge or mah jong? Not into games? How about kayaking, or hiking or snow skiing? Not athletic? No problem. There are brainiacs that meet once a month to talk about investing…wood workers that share ideas on their talents … a craft group that comes up with amazing ideas for the home. Garden Club, Men’s Group (great monthly speakers), Women’s Group with lots of theatre and other activities. For more information or to join the club go to, or call 530-478-099.

The Gold Country German-American Club

Our club meets monthly at Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City. Guests are welcome. If interested in attending or for club information call Christa at 530-272-6095. You can also check us out online at where you will learn about our events and activities such as hiking, German dancing, and conversational German classes.

The Gold Country Yacht Club

We meet the second Wednesday of every month, excluding December. The Club meets at Alta Sierra Pizza & Grill, Grass Valley. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the Commodore’s bell is at 7 p.m. All salts, with or without a boat, are welcome to attend. Questions? Please visit our website at

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau

Our P.E.O. was founded in 1869. The philanthropic educational organization has six local chapters in Nevada and Placer counties. They benefit their scholarship funds which provide scholarships to local women for their college or continuing college education. For 145 years, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy education, philanthropy and research. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.’s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For information, visit

Vietnam Veterans of America 535

The local chapter 535 of the Vietnam Veterans of America seeks to provide a spirit of camaraderie among veterans, whether they served in Vietnam or not. All vets, families, and friends are welcome to attend meetings the first Thursday of every month in the Remembrance Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 225 South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. For more information, visit our website at or call 530-559-7716.

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The meeting takes place in a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for directions. Our weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City has resumed. The vigil is protesting the Israeli violence against Gaza and the West Bank. We have signs to share, and everyone who believes in human rights, equality and justice for all people is welcome to participate.

Nevada County Horseman Incorporated

We are celebrating the year of the horse. NCHI seeks to promote horsemanship throughout the community and to provide a friendly and wholesome social environment for young and old alike. You’re always welcome to stop in at one of the monthly meetings, the second Friday of the month or events. Now accepting new member applications. For more information, email

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

This is a 12 step program open to anyone — men and women— who thinks they may have a problem with sex or love addiction. SLAA groups meet twice a week in Grass Valley, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, lower level, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. For information call 916-552-1442 or

The Gold Country LeTip Group

We meet every Wed from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Kane’s in downtown Grass Valley. This business group is a wonderful and fun way to help build your business and add further service to your clients. Check out our Facebook page at Gold Country LeTip to learn more about the group or call Pamela Morey at 530-913-7308.

Nevada County Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Friday of the month at the Glenbrook Apartment Complex (in the Community Room), 265 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. We sometimes have speakers, or review education programs. Some meetings are more of an open discussion. Resources are available for anyone who wants them. The group members have experience with different therapies and treatment options. If you are affected by MS and would like to talk with others in a relaxed, supportive, positive, confidential atmosphere come check us out. Light refreshments are served. The meeting is open to anyone affected by MS (patients, caregivers, family members, friends, medical staff, etc.). For more information, call Erica at 530-559-4517.

Sierra Table Tennis

Open-play table tennis, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at Echo Ridge School, 15504 Liberty Circle Dr. in Nevada City. For information, call 530-265-2834.

Spontanee-us Improvisation

We meet every Wednesday at the “Loft” in Grass Valley from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m., call for directions. We create a fun and safe atmosphere with interactive games to explore our inner comedian and to just have a good time. Call 530-277-2295 for more information or just show up. A small donation is usually asked for to cover room expenses.

Friends of Hospice

Come and volunteer at Friends of Hospice (530-247-5121) and do the very worthwhile job of working on events to raise money for the use of Hospice of the Foothills. FOH has no paid members and all of the monies raised is used for the benefit of Hospice of the Foothills.

Al-Anon Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday nights at The Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Classroom 5 in Grass Valley. This meeting is for women only.

Nevada City Lions

We meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Seamans Lodge. For membership information contact Membership Chair John Meyer, 530-272-0588 or President Chuck Woerner, 530-265-2039.

Chapter Preceptor Nu Delta of Beta Sigma Phi

We are a social, cultural and service-oriented sisterhood for women all around the world. With chapters in 20 countries, you can be sure you’ll have a new group of friends whenever it’s time to relocate. Our local chapter meets twice a month at noon on Mondays at a member’s home. We support several local philanthropic organizations and have an informative cultural program at each meeting. For information, call club president Lois Robinson at 530-272-6804 or vice-president Georgine Wasley, who is in charge of membership, at 530-265-4424.

The Golden Empire Sam’s RV Group

Our group met September 8 through 11 at the French Camp RV Resort. Our members enjoyed playing games, touring the “Oakdale Cheese Factory” and having dinner at “Billie Hills Hill Billie BBQ” in Manteca.

If you are looking for a very friendly group that has a lot of fun activities, good food and friendly members, please join us for one of our camp outs as a guest. Looking forward to hearing from you! Call 530-477-1799 or 530-263-2035.

Gold Country Computer Learning Center

GCCLC is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. It has offered quality computer education for all ages and levels of experience since 2000. All classes are held in Ponderosa Hall, Gate 2 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. To see the March class/workshop schedule or to register online for a class, visit For more information, call 530-273-0497.

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Club News, Sept. 25, 2021


EDITOR’S NOTE: While some clubs have informed The Union of meeting cancellations or reopenings due to COVID-19, we have not heard from them all. Please call ahead to confirm future meeting times and/or cancellations. We…

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